34 Reasons to Stop Writing Forever
Author Nathaniel Tower just turned 34 — which is the perfect moment for any non-bestselling writer to enumerate their (hilarious) shortcomings and spectacular failures.
Tabula Candida: Doodles of a Distracted Historian
The world’s most erudite stick figures skewer culture, academia, philosophy, history, and more in these doodles from a history teacher.
Dear Ovaries: Thanks, But Your Work Here Is Done
Toddler Mama is pregnant for the second time — so her brain decided to write an open letter to her ovaries, with choice words for the former’s zeal. The message: “your services will no longer be needed.”
Can Comedy Be Comfortable? One Question, Seven Humorists
Seven humorists weigh in on a single question: can comedy be comfortable?
Go Fug Yourself
From celebrity fashion disasters to close readings of award-show politics, Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks have perfected the art of smart and snarky red carpet commentary.
Humbled: You Keep Using That Word
“For the love of Merriam-Webster, don’t hide your happiness behind a thin veil of humility.” Blogger Lily Zacharias in a fun post about the rampant abuse and overuse of the word “humbled” in our social media feeds.
Looking Bad is the New Looking Good
What’s up with making glamorous models look miserable, hostile, and greasy? ML Philpott at I Miss You When I Blink envisions the creative meetings for fashion ads.
When To Hug Someone: Life’s Greatest Mystery
“Despite thousands of years of struggling with hug protocol, scientists have yet to unlock its deepest most powerful mysteries.” Matt Posky at You Monsters Are People discusses the art of hugging — with comics included.
Complete Taxonomy of Engagement Photo Poses
“I can confidently categorize all of the most clichéd kinds of pre-wedding portraits.” The blogger at The Marrying Kind compiles a hilarious photo album of couple and engagement snapshots.
Great Mistakes in English Medieval Architecture
Uhh, we don’t need a vaulting shaft there
I’ll just, like, cover it up with some leaves, no one will notice
A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself
“Recently, I’ve made the decision to stop hating myself so much,” writes Eric Wong. “However, like trying to quit smoking cigarettes, self-loathing and self-pity are addictive.” On this blog to practice self-love, you’ll find poems, humor, and more.
An Unhelpful Guide to Wagner’s Ring
In case you can’t spare 18 hours to listen to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Jonathan Healey (hilariously) summarizes all you need to know about these long, helmet-filled operas.
I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog
Katherine Fritz is in her twenties. She lives in Philadelphia. She writes this blog, and she really hopes her mom doesn’t read it. (But if she did, she’d find a sharp wit and astute cultural critic.)
15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that Will Kill Your Children
Warning: mid-century modern architecture is designed to kill your children. A hilarious look at 15 dangerous dream homes, courtesy of Projectophile.
How Fast is Exponential Growth? (Or, Yao Ming Confronts the Vastness of the Universe)
In this older post we wanted to resurface, Ben Orlin at Math with Bad Drawings explains linear versus exponential growth — with the aid of his mediocre drawings and quirky comparisons.